Meet Savvy Languages, the latest startup born in Ann Arbor that has moved to Detroit.
The online language company is the latest in a growing handful of tech firms to make the leap east over I-275 and land in Detroit's greater downtown area. Other recent transplants include, Are You A Human
(a Detroit Venture Partners
portfolio firm in the M@dison Building) and Fusion Coolant Systems
Savvy Languages is one of the first startups to take part in TechTown's
Venture Accelerator Program. It is in its first month of the three-month program and its leadership is looking at making the move to TechTown permanent this summer.
"They set us up with funding, coaching, office space," says Michael Frye, co-founder & CEO of Savvy Languages
. "We have been meeting with local CEOs and entrepreneurs. The networking is great."
Frye and his co-founders started the company one year ago after becoming frustrated with the difficulty in learning a second language and lack of effective educational options for overcoming that hardship. Savvy Languages is creating online and mobile platforms that offer language-learning tools that are both entertaining and motivational.
Savvy Language is running some private user tests right now. Its team of four people expects to launch a Beta version of its software this summer.
Source: Michael Frye, co-founder & CEO of Savvy Languages
Writer: Jon Zemke
Read more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com.